Availability: Direct from winery here
Production: 1010 cases
Date Tasted: July 3rd, 2010
Tasting Notes: With their 2007 Reserve Pinot Noir, boutique (and mostly Organic) Kelowna winery Rollingdale, have delivered an exciting and unique wine that leans Old World terroir-driven rather than New World fruit-forward. The subtle nose evolved in the glass offering aromas of pine, forest floor, violets, plum and raspberry. The aromas continue through to the bone-dry, medium-bodied palate where earthiness and sour cherry flavours are prominent. A long, balanced finish lingers with a hint of spice.
The tannins and acidity are strong and suggest good aging potential but never over-power the flavours on the palate. Very well-balanced - an excellent effort that will develop further in the bottle over the next 2 years and should enjoy a long life.
If you're a Pinot Noir fanatic who finds too-many New World attempts far too fruity then you'll love this Reserve Pinot from Rollingdale. It's a steal at $20! Drink now through 2016.
- Liam Carrier ©copyright 2010 (with Hugh Carter)
Re-tasted November 2011: Score reduced (was 91-92pts). Wine still holding beautifully and offers amazing value at the new lower price of only $20 (was $25) but hasn't blossomed quite as well as we'd predicted with another 1+ years in the bottle.